Suffragettes

The year 1918 was a turning point in the fight for women to have the right to vote in the UK. February 2018 will mark one hundred years since the Representation of the People Act was passed which gave some women over 30 the right to vote. The photographs below represent some significant figures in this fight - with a mixture of famous faces (Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurt) and some who are lesser-known. Featuring images by significant women photographers such as Lena Connell, Alice Barker, the sisters Rita Martin and Lallie Charles, Christina Broom and May Hammond.

Christabel Pankhurst
Christabel Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst

photographed by Martin Jacolette

Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst
Christabel Pankhurst
Christabel Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst
Charlotte Despard
Charlotte Despard

photographed by Elliott and Fry, c.1909

Mary Eleanor Gawthorpe
Mary Eleanor Gawthorpe

photographed by Schmidt, Manchester

Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence
Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence

photographed by Gothard, Leeds

Charlotte Despard
Charlotte Despard

photographed by Alice Barker

Alison Neilans
Alison Neilans

photographed by the Merchant Portrait Company, London

Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence
Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence

photographed by F. Kehrahn & Co., Kent

Marion Holmes
Marion Holmes

photographed by May Hammond

Mrs Massy
Mrs Massy

photographed by Rita Martin

Muriel Matters
Muriel Matters

photographed by Lena Connell

Emmeline Pankhurst
Emmeline Pankhurst

photographed by Schmidt, Manchester

Christabel Pankhurst
Christabel Pankhurst

photographed by Lallie Charles